Azekura restaurant in Kyoto serves delicious homemade noodles in an interesting eighteenth century converted sake warehouse.
Azekura is fully licensed and makes an excellent stop for lunch, after which you can tour the impressive grounds and gallery, which has occasional displays of fine kimonos.
This 18th century building was formerly a sake warehouse located in Nara that has been moved and faithfully recreated. Its 300-year-old frame is supported by thick beams of pine and cypress. Inside there are 5 tatami mat rooms that can be used as party spaces. You can use all of them, or any combination. Your party might include a concert of Western music followed by a Japanese-style buffet, or displays of kimono and flowers. The ability to mix Japanese and Western elements makes this an exciting venue. The capacity is maximum 500.
Prices are reasonable for the varied noodle dishes, either soba (thin noodles) or udon (thick noodles). A favorite of Kyotoites, noodles are consumed with a slurping sound that is actually considered appreciative and not rude at all. Menu items include herring, tempura and fried tofu with the noodles of choice. A set meal would add rice, pickles and miso soup. Prices begin at around JPY650 with sets from JPY1, 200. There is an English menu.
The old sake warehouse atmosphere is unique, complete with intricate beams and an open fireplace. The noodle shop is located in tranquil north Kyoto near Ota Shrine.
Some points to remember:
- The restaurant serves Japanese cuisine.
- The average cost is about 1000 JYP.
- No takeaways are available.
- There is no admission charge required.
- You don’t need any prior booking.
- There is no special access facility for the disabled.
- It is closed on Mondays.
Address: 30 Okamoto-cho, Kamigamo, Kita-ku, Kyoto, 603-8081
Phone: +81 075 701 0161
Open Hours: 9am-5pm
Closed on Mondays